Kitchen pitches Chants to victory over Washington

Coastal Carolina redshirt junior pitcher Austin Kitchen had a career night in leading the No. 16 Chanticleers to a 5-2 win over the Washington Huskies on day two of the Seattle Baseball Showcase at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, Wash.

Kitchen (3-0) recorded the first quality start of his career, throwing a career-high 7.0-complete innings in the win. The left-handed hurler gave up just two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out a career-high seven batters.

Fellow lefty Jay Causey (1) picked up his first save of the season as he allowed just one hit and struck out two batters over the final two innings of play to seal the win for the Chants.

Despite a quality start, Washington’s Jordan Jones (1-2) suffered the loss, allowing three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out eight over 7.1 innings on the mound.

Coastal’s Kyle Skeels (2-for-4, RBI, 2 runs) drove in two RBIs for the game, while Kieton Rivers (1-for-4, 2B, 3 RBIs) recorded a team-high three RBIs at the plate in the win. Keaton Weisz (2-for-4, 3B, run), Jared Johnson (1-for-3, 2B), Zach Biermann (1-for-3, BB, run) and Cameron Pearcey (1-for-4) all had a base hit on the night.

For Washington, six different players had one hit apiece led by Ben Baird’s (1-for-3, HR) solo home run and Braiden Ward’s (1-for-4, RBI) RBI single.

Coastal (13-3) will take on No. 1 Oregon State (12-1) Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. PT/6 p.m. ET in a battle of two top-25 nationally ranked teams.

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